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Baby (0-1 Years)

Your baby just got over a cold a few days ago. Now, just when you thought you were finally in the clear, she’s started tugging on her ears – a lot. She hasn’t been eating well. She hasn’t been sleeping well. She’s been way more cranky than usual. And she’s starting to run a mild fever. What could it be?

While it’s hard to say for certain, she might very well have an ear infection, the most commonly diagnosed illness apart from the common cold in U.S. children. An estimated three out of four children get at least one ear infection by the time they’re 3 and babies 6 months to 18 months are the most susceptible. And though ear infections (acute otitis media) may not be terribly serious, they’re also not much fun.

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